25th Anniversary Judith Roberts Award

11 November 2019

The Helpmann Academy has marked its 25th anniversary by presenting a special one-off award valued at $10,000 to a recent South Australian arts graduate. 

Named in honour of the late Dr. Judith Roberts AO, founding Chair of the Helpmann Academy, the 25th Anniversary Judith Roberts Award was presented to University of South Australia Media Arts graduate Grace Miles at the Helpmann Academy’s 25th Anniversary event on Friday, 8 November 2019.

The award was created to acknowledge an outstanding graduate whose final year of study was in 2018, with Grace selected from a number of notable creatives nominated by their University or TAFE SA lecturers. The prize recognises the recipient’s achievements while studying, while also acknowledging their exceptional potential to build a career in the arts.

Grace is an emerging film maker, who has aspirations to create short narrative films, music videos and documentary pieces – with her core passion in cinematic design. She will be using the $10,000 prize money to design and produce a short narrative film. She also hopes to use the funds to attend numerous fashion photography workshops, production design workshops and film masterclasses to help her up-skill her production design skills.

Grace says that the award not only gives her the financial boost needed to expand her skillset, but also the confidence to chase her creative aspirations.

To receive the 25th Anniversary Judith Roberts Award is a great honour, and I really want to thank the Helpmann Academy for their generosity and for helping me in my creative journey. It’s very comforting to know that there are so many people who believe in me and my abilities, and who are willing to give me the opportunity to explore my talents. I am so thankful for this experience and I can’t wait to see what I can create with the help from this award.”

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO, said that the 25th Anniversary Judith Roberts Award was the perfect way to mark the academy’s 25th milestone – as it honours the organisations ethos of providing emerging creatives with funding and support to realise their career ambitions.

“This award is a great example of the kind of significant opportunities that Helpmann has delivered over the past 25 years for emerging creatives to take those next vital steps in their career. We are thrilled that Grace Miles is the recipient of this special, one-off award and we are looking forward to watching her flourish in the next exciting stage of her practice.”

Image: Helpmann CEO Jane MacFarlane, Grace Miles, and Pro Vice Chancellor: Division of Education, Arts & Social Sciences at the University of South Australia, Professor Joanne Cys. Photo by Georgia Matthews.